Celebrating our 21st year.
Victor Rebrikov and Will Blair celebrated their 20th anniversary last summer working on both coast of Kamchatka. Our fishing programs are designed with your finest Kamchatka fishing experience in mind. Thank you for considering fishing with The Best of Kamchatka™.
Our programs were not put in place by geography, past momentum or profitability like some of our competitors; we hacked them out of the wilderness.
- We maintain the longest running relationship on Kamchatka with our single Russian Partner.
- All of our logistics are dialed in.
- Victor Rebrikov and I have worked together since 1999.
Let's talk about logistics ---
Why we take a bus out of the Petropavlovsk valley is to ensure our anglers are on the water as safely, comfortably and quickly as possible. It is important to understand the geography of Kamchatka and that flying directly from Petro to any of the programs on Kamchatka is not a benefit. Our competitors by the nature of their rivers geographic locations on Kamchatka are forced to fly out of Petro, they have no choice. When one looks at the location of Petro it is surrounded by mountains and pushed up against the Bering Sea – FOG - is a big problem. We used to fly into and out of Petropavlovsk until we understand there is a better way to reach Kamchatka’s finest fishing. Instead of spending days waiting, as our competitors regularly do, to get clearance out of Petro we take a private bus over the mountains into the central Kamchatka River valley. Once we are in Milkova, a 3 hour drive on all paved road in our PRIVATE bus our guests join the helicopter and never need to worry about flying thru the mountains in bad weather. What this does for you is you are able to reach your program of choice quickly and get out on the river. This is incredibly important as our competitors spend many days waiting in Petro each summer while we are out on the river.
While our competitors tout so loudly how many years they have worked on Kamchatka let’s cut to the truth. I spent two seasons on the Zhupanova. I have not returned for a reason, difficult logistics, low catch rates and often dirty water, not my cup of tea. After the 1997 and 1998 summers on the Zhupanova I worked with Victor on the Kolpakova River. A beautiful clear river that used to hold huge numbers of trout. We had another American partner at this time that dissolved our company unbeknownst to Victor and I. I was at this time hired by The Fly Shop out of Redding California to be Director of Kamchatka travel in the fall of 2001. This allowed me to see the Sedanka, etc. The entire exploratory language was cooked up by me to see as many rivers as possible while working in their office.
If we are to count on the ground time there is simply no comparison.
I hear about how my competitors go for a two-week stint here and there. Or as one he had a total of two weeks of guests last summer while I was on the peninsula for ten weeks.
After a few years it became obvious to me I was able to take care of our customers in a much better fashion on the ground as opposed to sitting in the office where I would hear the issues after the fact.
Victor and I started The Best of Kamchatka tm in the fall of 2004. I named it The Best of Kamchatka for a couple of reasons. Number one is Victor Rebrikov is the absolute best outfitter on the entire peninsula period end of story. He is at every airport pickup, on every helicopter flight and involved in getting incredible things done for our customers. The other reason is our rivers. Two Yurt Float drains out of a lake and cannot blow out, period. It is a prolific rainbow fishery with a shot at huge trout in smaller water. The Oz drains lakes on both forks and also does not blow out. The Oz is also the most prolific fishery for large trout I have ever seen. While our competitors tout average size of 25 inches they never tell people that they may only catch one or none a day. The Oz trout fishery is not the same animal and according to one biologist it has to be the perfect habitat for Rainbows. We catch many, many 23 inchers in a day and certainly far more 25 inchers than any other river system on Kamchatka. We also catch bows over the 30-inch mark.